NDP MLA Doug Routley says new provincial funding for local libraries on Vancouver Island will benefit people

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LADYSMITH – New Democrat MLA Doug Routley announced funding for regional libraries on Vancouver Island, allowing local library users to benefit from modernized technology, enhanced programs and services, and better access to information.

“Libraries are keepers of our knowledge and our stories, hubs for connection in the community,” says Doug Routley, MLA for Nanaimo-North Cowichan. “I look forward to seeing the positive impact that this funding will have on our libraries and for the people who visit them.”

The Vancouver Island Regional Library is receiving $2,044,280.72 in funding.

All 71 B.C. public libraries and organizations that help libraries deliver their services will receive one-time grants totalling $45 million in addition to their annual operating funding. This will give libraries flexibility to address local priorities, including longer hours, bigger digital collections and better access to literacy and lifelong learning opportunities.

This funding gives libraries the flexibility to address local priorities while ensuring they are able to meet the evolving needs of their local communities over the coming years.

Learn More: https://news.gov.bc.ca/28435